Lamb
Lamb


5.0
classic

Review

by Tapeworm USER (12 Reviews)
January 16th, 2005 | 58 replies


Release Date: 1997 | Tracklist


Lamb is Andy Barlow and Louise Rhodes. 'Lamb' is their debut album, and it has been widely publicised that Andy and Lou are very very different people. This brings a fantastic contrast to a lot of songs here.

The Review:
A perfect opener. Starts out with some sampled organ and then a really good trip-hoppish beat kicks in. It dies out for the verse, but only for a second. The beat carries this song, and Lou's vocals drift and flow over everything perfectly. This track gives quite the impression, and has really perfect real/sampled drums. 5/5

02 God Bless
Starts softly again, with some building percussion in the form of those jingly things. It builds up really nicely, and feels epic, even though the build is rather fast. It's a much more subtle beat this time round, and some strings complement the vocal line beautifully. Really nice lyrics. Incredible song. Awesome breakdown which reveals itself as a chorus. 5/5

03 Cotton Wool
The first single, I believe. This song is chaotic. The beat is everywhere. The chaos creeps up on you though, and makes the song, again, perfect. It would have been really easy for the vocals to go all non-melodic to go with the beat in the second verse, but lou's vocals just carry themselves over everything. The lyrics to this song are wonderful also. 5/5

04 Trans Fatty Acid
The first sign of non-perfection on the album. The intro is a bit strange. The verse comes in though, and it is rather cool. This is the longest track on the album. The verses start to get a little drudgy, and then something happens. Well, not much really, but the drumbeat really gets stuck in you. It's quite a good song, but comparatively, nowhere near. 3/5

05 Zero
Probably my favourite track on the album, and one of my favourite songs ever. It starts with some cello picking which is accompanied by another cello and lou's voice. Beauty. A really really really nice chorus comes in. Then something almost happens. But it doesn't. Hold on. Another chorus. Then it happens. My favourite musical moment ever probably. Lou's voice is perfection. 5+/5

06 Merge
A much more electronic based instrumental. The intro repeats a few times, and some trumpet comes in. Probably sampled. It has a really really good feel to it, and it is really laid back, and refreshing. 4/5

07 Gold
Starts with some really cool double bass, and the vocals kick right in. It all comes in wonderfully after a small break, and the melody in the background is cool as hell. Lou's voice is especially cool here. The backing vocals make the song extra special, and it is really well structured. It breaks down with some rad *** electronic stuff, and is very hooky. The half way point is awesome. 5/5

08 Closer
Another really cool beat, with some rather cool lyrics. Lou gives insight into what life is, but then brings is quickly back to earth. Some really beautifully simple lines here, and it works really well. Some more effects double on top for the second verse and give the song a great fullness. 4/5

09 Gorecki
The song. A lot of people know this song. Or at least that's what I've heard. This song is absolutely brilliant. One of the most beautiful and perfect pieces of music I know. There are many moments in this song which give me chills down my spine, and oh, it is just. Wow. An epic love song. My favourite love song ever probably. 5+/5

10 Feela
The song starts with a simple melody. Lou comes in, and the vocal line is great yet again. It is a really good closer on the album, and it seems like Gorecki would have been a better closer, but this song is equally good as a closer. Some background noise hints at a blast, and then a really faint piano is heard playing really fast. It all gets more controlled, and then the cello comes in. Awesome. It stays quiet, and fades out wonderfully.

Secret Track - Cotton Wool (Filia Brazilia Mix)
The secret track starts 2 minutes after Feela ends, and is a remix of Cotton Wool. I really really dig this version. It is just as good as the original version. I really love the changes, and it is hell different.

Frankly, Lamb make me wanna buy a minidisc recorder and sample things. They make me want to play trip-hop, or dance music. They are one of my favourite bands of all time, and this is in my top 10 albums ever. A perfect album as a whole, and a must buy for anyone who is faintly into anything beautiful, scenic, or trip-hoppy.



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pixiesfanyo
September 30th 2004


1223 Comments


I like the feel of the double bass.

Lamb is sexy, but I think I'd give this album a 4.5 or lower.

br3ad_man
Emeritus
September 30th 2004


2125 Comments


I gotta buy this. Sweet review Tapey.

Iai
Emeritus
September 30th 2004


3553 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I haven't heard all of this, but I've been told by everybody who has heard it that it pisses all over their newer stuff, which I wasn't too impressed with.

Given the trip-hop whore I am, it's on the list fo' sheezy. :thumb:

OrbDragon
October 2nd 2004


152 Comments


Great review, although I disagree about Transfatty Acid...that's prolly my favorite Lamb song. The vocals give me the chills.

Happymeal
October 2nd 2004


330 Comments


Gorecki!! WOOT!!! I haven't heard the other songs, but nice review:thumb:

Kaden
October 2nd 2004


222 Comments


In the vein of the MX album trading trends that have taken place in R+M and Alt+Indie.....someone please send this to me. I gots no money :upset:

MSN: [email]Page_petrucci@hotmail.com[/email]
AIM: Crazedinsomniac7

blueyxd
October 4th 2004


77 Comments


Gorecki.. one of the most beautiful songs I've heard. My advice is if you have someone special, then definitely play it when they are there, but that should be blindingly obvious when you hear the song anyway.

I've heard Cotton Wool and Transfatty Acid too, but I didn't think much of those. I shall have to check out some more of it some time.

blueyxd
December 28th 2004


77 Comments


hmm, this might be a good place to ask...
Does anyone know if there's a Lamb song with the line "I touch your milky walls and tremor" or something similar?

Bartender
Emeritus
December 28th 2004


826 Comments


I didn't realise we had a review of this. I was given it, in mp3 form, by one of my ?University flatmates a few weeks ago. It's good, but I really haven't listened to it enough to make any real judgement on it.

Iai
Emeritus
June 18th 2005


3553 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

So I got it a while back.

It's average stuff, to be honest. Gorecki is awesome, and the rest is nowhere near.

Kosheen did this sort of thing much better on Resist.

NuMetalMania
December 26th 2005


325 Comments


Shakey review. I can faintly remember these guys, they were alright.

SlowlyFallingAwake
November 21st 2009


78 Comments


It's a great album. The songs that particularly caught my attention are 'God Bless', 'Cotton Wool', 'Feela' and 'Gorecki'. The rest certainly isn't bad, but a little more average.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
November 2nd 2010


31628 Comments


You make me so proud sometimes potsy

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Yotimi
November 2nd 2010


6570 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Downloading now

Dryden
November 2nd 2010


13284 Comments


uhoh

SCREAM!
November 2nd 2010


10391 Comments


dryden what are you doing all over DnB all of a sudden?

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Graveyard
June 3rd 2012


5817 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Been digging the fuck out of zero, lately

Maniac!
July 6th 2012


26257 Comments


I think I need this

mindleviticus
July 6th 2012


8331 Comments


you do

Graveyard
July 6th 2012


5817 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

duh brandon



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